Ballot Basics for Absentee Voters
Ballot Basics #1 - Deadline
Your ballot must be to your clerk's office NO LATER THAN 8:00pm on Nov 3rd
Ballot Basics #2 - Clerk's Office
Your ballot must be to YOUR clerk's office, not your neighbor's city.
Ballot Basics #3 - Just Do It!
The return envelope MUST be signed
Ballot Basics #4 - Your Signature
Your signature on the return envelope will be compared against the signature on your State ID.
Ballot Basics #5 - Secrecy Sleeve
Put the ballot in the sleeve.
Protect it: the secrecy sleeve is a very important part of the counting process. Put the ballot in the secrecy sleeve and put the secrecy sleeve in the envelope. One-Two-Three
Ballot Basics #6 - Mix Up?
Keep all the parts together.
Pick up the Pieces: When the ballot, sleeve and return envelope DO NOT have the same identifier, the ballot may be rejected.
Don't mix up your sleeve with a family member's sleeve.
Ballot Basics #7 - Black and Blue
Use a pen to fill in the oval (bubble) and sign the envelope
Hold Back Your Creativity: Do NOT use a pencil, white-out, crayons, chalk, paint, nail polish, highlighter or a "Sharpie" permanent marker to mark or sign the ballot.
Ballot Basics #8 - The Bubble
Fill the oval (bubble) with the black or blue pen.
Fill in the Bubble: Do NOT place an 'X' on or next to the oval.
Do NOT circle the candidate's name.
Do NOT put a check mark.
Do fill in the oval/bubble/box by completely darkening the oval opposite your choice(s).
Ballot Basics #9 - Vote For
Not more than 'x'.
Voting for a Team: the instructions will indicate how many to vote for in each section. If you vote for more than instructed, your vote will not count.
Ballot Basics #10 - Spoiler Alert!
Return your ballot to the clerk to be issued a new ballot if you need a do over.
OK to be ME: yep, we all make mistakes. It's ok. Personally return all 3 parts to your clerk and you will be issued a new ballot. Easy Peasy.
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